New York City is a great place to fall in love. It’s not by accident that the city is the setting for many television shows, movies, books and more. The energy and and density of New York leads to many things and dating is often one of them. Whether you are looking for a quiet low-key spot in Midtown or some of the best food and drinks on the Lower East Side, locals have shared their favorite date ideas.

Get some inspiration from guides curated by locals, make the date your own and enjoy a great day or evening out with someone special!

Checkout the below guides of the best date ideas in New York City . . .

 

ROMANCE AND ROCK IN BROOKLYN

Whether you’re trying to impress your crush on a first date or you’ve managed to escape the kids for a parents’ night out, you can’t go wrong with . . .

 
by bonnie

by bonnie

THE K-TOWN EXPERIENCE

Koreatown or K-Town is a small ethnic area in midtown Manhattan. Even though the area is small in size, it’s packed with restaurants and bars . . .

 
by mary

by mary

BRKLYN BOTANIC BURGER BLISS

If you're looking to wind down and enjoy a relaxing Spring/Summer day then Brooklyn's Botanic Gardens are a must see . . .

 
by cameron

by cameron


TRUFFLE WISHES & RAVIOLI DREAMS

Babbo is a special place. From the food to the ambience it’s always a night to remember . . .

 
BY Lucia

BY Lucia

COZY CARNEGIE HILL DATE NIGHT

For me the perfect date night involves; good wine, great food and a leisurely stroll along a quaint and quiet block in the city (and the love of my life, of course) . . .

 
by emily

by emily

CENTRAL PARK SOUTH CHILL

This guide is proof that even somewhere like Midtown you can find a perfectly chill outing, if you know where to go . . .

 
by nicholas

by nicholas


 

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BROOKLYN IN MANHATTAN

When I don’t have the time or energy for a trip to Brooklyn, I enjoy some Brooklyn vibes with few spots around Manhattan . . .

 
by sam

by sam

BEST OF LINCOLN CENTER FOR FREE

Friends and family visiting from out of town are often looking for recommendations on the best shows to attend apart from the typical Broadway shows . . .

 
by emily

by emily

FUN & GAMES IN NOMAD

When planning a date, I like to ensure I have several spots picked out where I know we’ll have a good time and where we can get to know many sides of one another . . .

 
by august

by august


THESE GO TO ELEVEN

When you’re in the mood to dial it to ‘eleven’ with a full night out, enjoy this classic tavern, a little jazz and a prohibition style cocktail bar . . .

 
by teo

by teo

CLASSIC VILLAGE

This little guide brings together classic New York; Greenwich Village, mouthwatering pizza and ridiculous comedy in one amazing evening . . .

 
by nora

by nora

UPPER EAST SIDE BRUNCH UNDER $20

If you're looking to experience brunch on the Upper East Side on a budget, Bluestone Lane offers a delicious and affordable UES experience . . .

 
by AMAIA

by AMAIA


THE BRUNCH IN GRAMERCY PARK

Maialino is one of those spots that leaves you wondering how you are going to be able to eat anywhere else . . .

 
by perry

by perry

TASTE THE UPPER EAST HIGH LIFE

When I’m in the mood to rub elbows with celebrities and take in some exquisite window shopping, I head to the Upper East Side for lunch and shopping . . .

 
by lucia

by lucia

SATURDAY IN NOHO

Enjoy a delicious brunch at a bright and airy French brasserie and then take in some local art in the trendy NoHo neighborhood . . .

 
by arya

by arya


Burgers, Bars and Brouhaha

I’m not an Upper East Sider but when I’m in the mood for a burger and whiskey this neighborhood has two of my favorite spots . . .

 
by teo

by teo

WALKIN AFTER MIDNIGHT

This evening is the perfect crawl through the East Village, hitting up several local institutions from the Momofuku Noodle Bar to Death & Co. . . .

 
by august

by august

CRONUTS AND COUTURE IN SOHO

No trip or outing in New York is complete without three essentials; coffee, pastries and shopping . . .

 
by Renata

by Renata


TENNIS AND MAC ON THE HUDSON

Whether it’s a day date or a family outing, head to Hudson River Park for a little tennis followed by a stop at Westville for their famous smoky mac and cheese . . .

 
by Amaia

by Amaia

WHEN IN TRIBECA

The perfect night out in Tribeca among locals and celebrities alike combining sophisticated cocktails and an elegant but casual dinner . . .

 
by sam

by sam

LOWER EAST SIDE CRAWL

Although there’s a ton to do in many neighborhoods across New York, the Lower East Side has a density of bars, restaurants, hookah lounges . . .

 
by august

by august


FROM OVERTURE TO CURTAIN CALL

Making sure that any Broadway evening includes a great place to grab dinner as well as a drink afterward is my top priority . . .

 
by renata

by renata

FEELING LIKE A TEN

When you’re feeling like a ten and looking to have a special night out this guide brings together some of the best bubbly, steaks and views in Midtown . . .

 
by lucia

by lucia

INSTA LES EVENING

In addition to being amazing destinations for food, sweets and a drink on the Lower East Side, they are all also super instagramable.

 
by nora

by nora


 

What people are saying

 
Wow, this site totally saved me. Two days before my friends birthday and I didn’t have a plan. Found the perfect afternoon for us and was able to hop from one hidden gem to the next like I had been there before. Thank you!!! 
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Love love love this! I had never been to NYC before but knew that I wanted to see some local spots in the village. I have already recommended several freinds check it out on their next visit!
— Victor